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Dear Spaghetti Squash.... I'm underwhlemed, sad to say. I really want to like you because you seem so cool. A vegitable that miraculously turns into noodle when cooked! Who would have thought you'd have all of that goodness spun up inside? But you're bland and I'm not a fan of that.
Last night we hosted a little going away gathering for some dear friends who are moving to South Africa. We had a great BBQ dinner, sat outside and ate by candle light and let the kids roam wild. It's such a great feeling when you have a diverse group of friends who all just click. You'll help one another out at the drop of a hat, you'll listen while another parent speaks to your child about something serious in a firm voice and it sits well with you, you'll commiserate about marriage, you'll share stories about sleepless nights, tough choices at work and pre-children travels, and basically you just adore one another's children and don't get sick of each other - that friendship is not easy to find and sustain.
We ate a peach blackberry crisp and homemade fresh vanilla ice cream which the Chickpea and I made with love for those we care about. There were tears all around, long sustained hugs and shouting of last goodbyes into the darkness. We've all decided that we'll just pick up where we have left off when they return in 2 and a half years. But life is best left unplanned and we all know that often the choices and events that have the most impact on us aren't always ours to make. I remind myself to let go and seek out kindness and embrace it when I see it and all will be well.
As sad as we are to miss our friends we know it is a great opportunity and we are undeniably happy for them. I don't know what to expect from the kids. Chickpea's best buddy departing will leave a big hole to fill but kids are resilient and adaptable. Thankfully, the little girls have a few more weeks before they say their final goodbye.
Can't wait to try this paper mache Halloween bowl with the Chickpea next week. I love having holiday decorations that you can pull out ever year. We used to have these lovely red unglazed ceramic jack-o-lanterns that my mom would pull out every year. I'm sure she still has them hidden somewhere.
I already have the mini play-doughs and pumpkin erasers to fill the bowls!
A little holiday crafting has begun. It's never to early to get into the spirit. And slow and steady is my pace now days when it comes to crafting. See if you can guess what we're making. I'm not going to give it away.... but you can take a peek here. And make a note that children of friends make an excellent assembly line!